Why should we think that the infinitely transcendent God would bother to hear the prayers of insignificant creatures like us? What gives a peon like me the courage to ask Almighty God to do great things for me? God’s promises.
For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you. And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant (1 CH 17.25-26).
God’s promises gave David the courage to pray for them. Knowing a biblical promise gives us boldness to ask that God fulfill that promise. The more promises we have, the more confidently we’ll pray.
God has promised to counsel me with his eye upon me (PS 32.8), so I boldly ask him to. Because he’s pledged to give wisdom to those who ask, I ask for wisdom all the time. Because God has promised to supply all my needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus I ask regularly.
God has promised that his Spirit and word will never depart from believers or their descendants (IS 59.21), that the children of the righteous will be mighty in the land (PS 112.2), taught of the Lord and have great peace (IS 54.13). Since God has promised, I’m going to ask for the max – that every one of my children, grandchildren and descendants from now till Jesus’ return will be saved, mighty in the Spirit, and taught of the Lord.
The Bible says believers will walk in good works (EPH 2.10) and bear much fruit (JN 15.16), so I ask Jesus to make me fruitful for him. Knowing Jesus’ promise to be near to the brokenhearted and to deliver the righteous out of all their afflictions (PS 34.18-19), gives me courage to pray for suffering friends and family members.
Jesus does not wish any to perish but all to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 PE 3.9), and says that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us (1 JN 5.14). So I’m going to pray for him to save people, because that’s a prayer that is according to his will.
When Jesus tells me ask, seek and knock because everyone who asks receives, all who seek find, to him who knocks it shall be opened (Mt. 7.7-8), it fires me up to keep rapping on the door.
Which promises give you the courage to pray?
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